Thursday, February 13, 2020

DMC: "A Springtime Affair" by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes


T.Kiya


In honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I might try a love poem for Buffy Silverman's challenge. It's not a typical love poem, perhaps, but I've learned it's best to let my muse have her way.


A SPRINGTIME AFFAIR

Nature and I have an understanding.
She goes about her day—
          bees pollen-bobbing for their deliveries
          clouds sky-surfing at high tide
          roses petal-kissing on the bush I neglected to trim last season
And I pretend to go about mine—
          words clinging to the page
          like Spanish moss on blossom-ready branches
          holding on to hope despite a stiff, chilling breeze.

© 2020 Michelle Heidenrich Barnes. All rights reserved.


I shared another poem about a chance springtime rendezvous this past Monday. It's well worth a read if you missed it.


Buffy Silverman has challenged us to write a poem that uses combined or invented words. Click HERE for more details and to read this month's Spotlight ON interview. Our featured daily ditties this week included poems by 4th grader Breighlynn, Tabatha Yeatts, and Janice Scully. All poems on our February 2020 padlet will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, February 28th. One lucky participant will win a personalized copy of On a Snow-Melting Day: Seeking Signs of Spring (Millbrook Press, 2020).
Linda Baie is our Poetry Friday roundup matchmaker today. You'll find love poems (and other offerings) at TeacherDance—take one home that touches your heart.






21 comments:

  1. A springtime affair love poem has many wonderful descriptive images to ponder, Michelle. Thanks for the poetic treat.

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  2. I love your use of hyphenated words. They create perfect images. Lovely poem, Michelle.

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  3. I love it! Keep holding onto hope!

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  4. Lovely, Michelle! Agree with Rose about the great hyphenated words. "Pollen-bobbing" is especially joyous. :)

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  5. I love your word combinations & your message of perseverance--inspiring!

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  6. Pollen-bobbing! Petal-kissing! Swoon-worthy.

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  7. Buffy took my words, special they are, Michelle. Love is certainly in the air today, makes us all feel like "holding onto hope". Happy Valentine's Day!

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  8. Sky-surfing & petal-kissing are so beautiful. Great poem Michelle.

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  9. Wow. There is so much great stuff packed into this little poem. And I'm so happy to finally get my first glimpse of spring.

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  10. Clouds surfing at high tide....ahhhhhhhh. Lovely. You and nature seem to have a wonderful affair worked out. I'm hoping someday she send you some warm following breezes for writing.

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  11. I love the contrast between the relative ease that nature goes about it's business compared to the more forced endeavour of writing.

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  12. Lovely,Michelle, especially "like Spanish moss on blossom-ready branches"

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  13. Love pollen-bobbing and petal-kissing.

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  14. Here's to the hopeful act of writing, in spite of whatever chilling breezes deter us!

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  15. Thank you all for your encouraging comments!

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  16. Wonderful cording combining, Michelle. I especially love sky-surfing and petal-kissing. Thanks for a beautiful poem.

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  17. Just gorgeous, Michelle. Every word beautifully chosen.

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  18. Every image is absolutely gorgeous!

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  19. "roses petal-kissing on the bush," love this image you created and it's married with the image you shared with us–beautiful poem Michelle! And I see "hope"shooing away that "chilling breeze."

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  20. I love your hyphenated words, especially pollen-bobbing! So perfect!

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